Archive for February 2012
George J. Myers, Jr. says:
I worked in some of the early digital uses for archaeology in particular when Intel 387 chips allowed complex trigonometric processing in hardware. While at Grossman and Associates in NYC we had the use of the then developing Rolleimetric 3D photo recording system allowing aerial photogrammetry “brought to earth” so to speak for many types of investigations, ours, the “least contact” recording of a HAZMAT Superfund site in Cold Spring, NY. Measured and drawn from a digitizing tablet the 3D digital information was traced from field photos, using a documented camera, lens and reseau. Other uses were where wall-mounted maps could be recorded for further digital overlays, i.e., aerial photos, digital maps, digitized historic maps, etc. Other uses have been reported for petroglyph recording, sculpture design, i.e. “Crazy Horse” monument, “as-builts” for historic preservation plans, underwater shipwrecks, etc. The quick exposure and treatment of human remains might be also so documented for further research with these digital tools. Not sure if this fits the AAA idea however.
I once received an inquiry into my ownership of stocks, in a court case that involved the top brokerage firms who, back in the fractional parts of a $ (1/8, 3/8, 1/4, etc.) were accused of selling "blue chip" stocks among a secret cabal of brokers inside the houses, sales based solely on the "odd or even" number in the fraction of the "blue chip" on certain days on a circulated list. I didn’t own any of the stocks. The court was seeking about 3/4 billion $ in damages and 1/2 billion $ in penalty. Not sure how that turned out. Perhaps why enforcement can be so difficult.
My grandfather, a US Merchant Mariner, served on the USS General Buckner, a P2 troop carrier. The ship was cut in half in NJ and lengthened to take a full complement of US Marines. Buckner Bay was the first US occupation of Japan. A training area at West Point Military Academy is also named after him I saw on an archeology survey after Hurricane Floyd hit, toppling trees. He used to joke they ran out of admirals’ names and had to start naming them after generals. NY Times link
Ah mathematics, which says there is a possibility I push a book off a desk it could fall upward, though the probability is very small. I thought Mr. Baldwin was still at the American Airlines gate with the other passengers and thought they weren’t going anywhere he could get a few words in. The IPO came a few days later (initial public offering) for the word game. I was told a small notebook computer, the HX-20 by Epson was told to be turned off in a flight to Belem, Brazil years ago in the 1980s by a coworker preventing interference. They also had to sign that they weren’t part of some some secret prospection, working for the archaeologist Anna Roosevelt, PhD, on Marajo Island, the largest fresh water island in the world, in the mouth of the Amazon. Someone reading this know if they were still at the gate? Their company faces many lay-offs which may have contributed to the situation? Huffington Post
Over 100 years ago the AAA published material on the Pennsylvania jasper quarries from which tools and projectile points were made as much as 10,000 years ago (U. of Penn.) Enough information and part was set aside for a “Jasper Park” as roads and rail came through near Allentown, PA. The research was still relevant as it was part of studies when further roadwork was proposed. This example is why the information should be available as well as the more recent work by Anna Roosevelt, PhD., on state formation in Brazil’s Amazon rain-forest I had a peripheral contact with. The relevancy of much of anthropology’s research is denied by antiquarian methods that confine it to the “dust bin” of libraries. An Open Access model might be good to try, as an experiment, nothing written in stone escapes anthropologists, it’s the clay libraries we have more trouble with.